Top NFL Free Agents: CB
1. Brent Grimes, Atlanta Falcons – (FRANCHISED by Atlanta)
Grimes is young and has terrific ball skills. I think chances are he leaves the Falcons and gets a big pay day. He can play multiple schemes an multiple coverages which will make him attractive to all teams.
2. Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee Titans – (SIGNED with St. Louis)
Finnegan is a feisty in your face CB who will battle you on every play. He is aggressive and physical. There are rumors that he wants to rejoin Jeff Fisher in St.Louis, but who wants to play in St. Louis?
3. Ladarius Webb, Baltimore Ravens (RFA) (SIGNED to Extension)
Webb is one of the best young corners in the league. He is a restricted free agent, so signing him will cost a first round pick. Other than Mike Wallace, Webb is the next most likely RFA to receive an offer sheet.
4. Brandon Carr, Kansas City Chiefs – (SIGNED with Dallas)
Out of all the CB on this list Carr might draw the most interest this off season. He is young, developing and coming off a great season. He will be tough for the Chiefs to keep since they have Brandon Flowers and Carr will have suitors lining up at his door.
5. Carlos Rogers, San Francisco 49ers – (RESIGNED with San Francisco)
Rogers was unspectacular in his time with the Redskins. He went to the 49ers and had a career year this year. Giving him a big contract based on one year is risky business and I would need to seem him repeat his success before I pay him like a #1 CB
6. Tracy Porter, New Orleans – (SIGNED with Denver)
Porter is up and down but has the knack for making a big play at a big time. He will likely get paid by someone this off season and probably a little too much.
7. Terrell Thomas, New York Giants – (RESIGNED with NYG)
Thomas is the Giants best CB, he missed this season with a torn ACL and with both he and Ross UFA they are bound to lose on of them
8. Stanford Routt, Oakland Raiders - (SIGNED WITH KC – 3yr 19.6m)
Routt is a solid press cornerback. He was signed to a massive contract to fill the shoes of Nnamdi Asomugha’s #1 CB role in Oakland. Naturally it was a failure. Oakland was forced to cut him due to their cap issues.
9. William Gay, Pittsburgh Steelers (SIGNED with Arizona)
Gay is the best CB on the Steelers roster. The Steelers are in the worst cap position of any team in the league meaning Gay will likely be playing elsewhere next year.
10. Richard Marshall, Arizona Cardinals – (SIGNED with Miami)
Marshall gets beat too often but he has some scheme and position versatility. He will attract a lot of interest and will be cheaper than a lot of the players on this list
11. Aaron Ross, New York Giants – (SIGNED with Jacksonville)
Ross is a pretty underrated CB. He can hold his own and make plays. Like I said above there is noway both him and Thomas will both be back with the Giants.
12. Terrence Newman, Dallas Cowboys – (SIGNED with Cincinnati)
Newman’s best days are behind him, but he can still help a team. Not a #1 CB anymore, but he should receive a lot of interest on the open market.
13. Ron Bartell, St. Louis – (SIGNED with Oakland)
Bartell was the #1 CB in St. Louis the past few years but was cut for cap reasons. Bartell is not a #1 CB but could be a good rotational player for a contender.
14. Rashean Mathis, Jacksonville Jaguars – (Resigned with Jax, 1 year 5 million)
Mathis is a bigger CB who is 32 years old. He struggled at times last season and now has a torn ACL. He has questions he has to answer but with so many teams looking for CBs he will get paid somewhere.
15. Tim Jennings, Chicago Bears – (RESIGNED with Chicago)
I saw a lot of Bears games this year and thought Jennings handled himself very well in coverage.
16. Cedric Griffin, Minnesota Vikings – (SIGNED with Washington)
With the Vikings starting from stratch Griffin was expendable. Griffin is a solid CB but has had trouble staying healthy the past couple seasons.
17. Eric Wright, Detroit Lions – (SIGNED with Tampa Bay)
Wright has made some strides after getting beat badly during his Cleveland days. Wright is still only 27 years old and has a lot of potential
18. Jason Allen, Houston Texans – (SIGNED with Cincinnati)
Like most Texans this year Allen rebounded and proved he was not an awful CB. I’m still skeptical.
19. Marcus Trufant, Seattle Seahawks (RE-SIGNED with Seattle)
20. Jarrett Bush, Green Bay Packers – (RESIGNED with Green Bay)
21. Kelly Jennings, Cincinnati Bengals (RESIGNED with Cincinnati)
22. Kelvin Hayden, Atlanta Falcons (SIGNED with Chicago)
23. Dimitri Patterson, Cleveland Browns – (RESIGNED with Cleveland)
24. Zack Bowman, Chicago Bears (SIGNED with Minnesota Vikings)
25. Will Allen, Miami Dolphins – (SIGNED with New England)
26. Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – (RESIGNED with Tampa Bay)
27. Chris Carr, Baltimore Ravens (SIGNED with Minnesota)
28. Shawntee Spencer, San Francisco 49ers – (SIGNED with Oakland)
29. Corey Graham, Chicago Bears – (SIGNED with Baltimore)
30. Pacman Jones, Cincinnati Bengals – (RESIGNED with Cincinnati)
31. Bryant McFadden, Pittsburgh Steelers
32. Benny Sapp, Minnesota Vikings
33. Alan Ball, Dallas Cowboys (SIGNED with Houston)
34. Pat Lee, Green Bay Packers (SIGNED with Oakland)
35. Dominique Foxworth, Baltimore Ravens
36. Chris Johnson, Oakland Raiders
37. Elbert Mack, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – (SIGNED with New Orleans Saints)
38. Antwaun Molden, New England Patriots – (SIGNED with New York Giants)
39. Donald Strickland, New York Jets
40. Rod Hood, St. Louis Rams – (RESIGNED with St. Louis)
41. Jonathan Wilhite, Denver Broncos – (SIGNED with Chicago)
42. Jacob Lacey, Indianapolis Colts – (SIGNED with Detroit)
43. Brandon McDonald, Detroit Lions
44. Phillip Buchanon, Washington Redskins
45. Leigh Torrance, New Orleans Saints – (SIGNED with Jacksonville)
46. Travis Daniels, Kansas City Chiefs – (RESIGNED with Kansas City)
47. Frank Walker, Dallas Cowboys - (RESIGNED with Dallas)
48. Cletis Gordon, Carolina Panthers